At 6:17 p.m. the phone rang, and I was placed on a Town Hall Conference Call with Michael Bennet. Disclaimer that the actual number of people on the call could have been 8,000 - I was listening to the call and cooking at the same time (who places these calls during the dinner hour?) - so I might have mis-heard the numbers.
It was immediately clear that the call had been going on for at least a few minutes and that the hot topics were health care, Joe Lieberman and reconciliation. Bennet seemed none too happy with the day's events but he was measured in his responses and conveyed optimism about health care reform - maybe the ability to hold those positions after Monday's news is what qualifies him to be a senator.
Not sure why I was included on this call. I am not a donor nor do I recall signing up for anything Bennet-related. However, a few months after Bennet's appointment I did attend a "get to know you" in Boulder, but my real interest was in seeing the home where the get-together was held. The home was lovely and the view spectacular. Maybe I signed a contact list while I was staking out the hors d'oeuvres. Since that time I have been generally aware of Bennet's positions - some of which I agree with and a few that I do not.
I have just started thinking about the March Democratic Caucus that will be the first indicator of the primary between Bennet and Andrew Romanoff. I admit I know little about Bennet and less about Romanoff, but I am determined to learn about both of them so I can actively support one of them by February. I am part of the cadre of Obama volunteers who had never been active in prior elections, and I have decided that I am going to be an informed voter about future elections (well, maybe not all those judges about whom we are supposed to have opinions).
Will keep you posted over the next few weeks while I learn more about this important primary race. I am not sure who I will be supporting but I know that it will take information, organization and mobilization to keep Colorado a blue state.